Remember to bring your pets inside as temperatures drop

Published: Nov. 19, 2016 at 2:55 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2016 at 3:13 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - It's hard to believe that central Alabama can go from highs in the 80s to anticipating a low in the freezing range over the weekend.  As we deal with one extreme to another, remember to keep everyone in your household, safe and warm.

Humane officers say its better to be safe than sorry.

"You don't want to be stuck outside when the temperatures drop below freezing and neither do they," said Robert Bryant, humane officer at the Montgomery Humane Society.

Just because our four-legged companions have fur doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to cold weather.

"Freezing temperatures are a danger to animals just like they are to humans. It can result in loss of extremities from frostbite or it could result in the death of the animal all together," said Bryant.

Regardless of breed, size, or thickness of coat, when it's cold outside bring your pets inside and if that's not an option, take mitigating precautions.

"Whether or not you have a shelter for them or there's hay in the shelter or bedding or whether you have access to heating or if they're inside the house in an enclosed space, it all really makes a difference," said Bryant.

Bryant also stresses the importance of access to water. Pets are able to monitor their body temperature better when they are hydrated.

And for homes with cats, make noise before starting your car. Some animals will try to stay warm by utilizing a car engine or wheel well.

Although uncommon in Alabama, Bryant does recall pets sustaining weather related injuries during his tenure.

"About four years ago we had a dog that had a foot injury from the freezing cold and maybe five years ago we had one that froze to death outside," said Bryant.

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